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Newbie 'Hound requesting specific recs in SF

grayelf | Mar 1, 200808:31 PM

Hello SF Chowhounds:

I have spent a number of hours reviewing your replies to requests like mine and have narrowed the field. What I am looking for are specific recs as follows:

arriving 7:30ish on a Thursday evening to stay at Bush and Powell: considering Tadich or Sam's Grill for "old SF" resto experience but partly picked these joints as they are close to hotel. Which is better? Or where would you go in this area for non-Chinese without a reso on a Thursday night when you’re tired from flying?

heading to Berkeley on Friday a.m. (probably after brekky at Cafe de la presse) to check out the gourmet ghetto, Scharffen Berger, bookstores and (gulp) outlet Crate and Barrel. Chez Panisse the obvious choice but any lunch reqs that don't require resos?

Friday night locked in for 7:30 seating at Canteen (woohoo!)

Saturday a.m. is all about the Farmer's Market (chilaquiles from Primavera, mmm), followed by some shopping around Union Square, then maybe Bodega Bistro or Pagolac for lunch in the Tenderloin. I've read solid reviews for BB here and elsewhere but not as much on Pagolac. Thoughts? Preferences?

Saturday night: Chichen Itza (or whatever name it's going by at the moment!) in the Mission for dinner

Sunday: Café de la presse or Le Metro (haven't tried Le Metro yet but may branch out, other, brekky options near hotel a bit thin on the ground) then Mission murals with tacos for lunch (I'm afraid to ask for favourite taquerias as I don't want to start a riot) and Bi-Rite for ice cream
Alternatively, we may go check out the Cliff House and the Richmond with maybe Mandalay or Burma Superstar if the line up isn’t too grim for lunch (hit Larkin Express last trip and loved it; we don’t have Burmese in Vancouver), followed possibly by the Cherry Blossom parade which conveniently ends up in Japantown (anyone recommend a resto that serves onigiri on a Sunday afternoon??)

Sunday night: considering Thep Phanom if we can get a reso (bit worried about the wait even then) but also have heard good things about Brothers Korean. Your comments will help me decide!.

Monday: may try Dottie’s for breakfast as we keep hearing it is great but wondering if we need to get there before it opens to avoid/minimize lineup even on a Monday??

then thought we'd do the view thing at/on Russian Hill since I was a big fan of Tales of the City and the SO craves pre-earthquake architecture. Any good lunch spots in this nabe? If not we might head to Chinatown as I think it is nearby so recs for lunch spots there open Monday would be grand. Finally we'll hit SF MOMA for a return visit before BARTing off to SFO to return to Vancouver.

Thanks in advance for any and all input.

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